Monday, November 24, 2008

port o'brien: all we could do was sing

Port O'Brien began a solo act by Van Pierszalowski, but has since added more members to his indie folk project including the beautiful voice of Cambria Goodwin. Their album, All We Could Do Was Sing, grips me right in with their Akron/Family-like (without the experimental aspect) up-tempo chanting in "I Woke Up Today". The duo continues to impress with their beautiful harmonic singing in "Fisherman’s Son". Port O’Brien’s folk-rock style kind of makes me think of a combination of Great Lake Swimmers, The Decemberists, and The Dodos. All We Could Do Was Sing sounds gorgeous and it is slowly creeping up on my year-end list.

I Woke Up Today [wicked-cool song]
Fisherman's Son [wicked-cool song]
Will You Be There? [wicked-cool song]
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visit Port O'Brien's MySpace here
buy All We Could Do Was Sing here

Sunday, November 23, 2008

crucified on a cross in front of all my closest friends

I’ve been meaning to post this, but kept forgetting:

Deerhunter: On Platts Eyott Island (Platts Eyott Session)
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Monday, November 17, 2008

vivian girls: vivian girls

Vivian Girls’ self-titled debut is like a bag full of delicious candies. It features that 60’s girl group sound... you know, kind of like The Raveonettes; but what I love most is that Vivian Girls blends that nostalgic sound with the No Age/Times New Viking kind of noise and punk approach. I am a little upset that the album is so short; with the majority of the songs under two and a half minutes long and the total running time just under 22 minutes, I found myself putting the album on repeat all the time. Aside from that minor downside, Vivian Girl is delightfully raw, fantastically up-tempo, and insanely entertaining!

Wild Eyes [wicked-cool song]
Going Insane [wicked-cool song]
I Believe in Nothing
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visit Vivian Girls' MySpace here
buy Vivian Girl here

Sunday, November 16, 2008

cover song of the moment

The Twilight Sad covered Joy Division’s "Twenty Four Hours", The Smiths’ "Half A Person", and one of my favourite Yeah Yeah Yeahs songs, "Modern Romance", on the band’s limited edition tour release, The Twilight Sad Killed My Parents And Hit The Road.

Twenty Four Hours (Joy Division cover) [wicked-cool song]
Half A Person (The Smiths cover)
Modern Romance (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover)
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Friday, November 14, 2008

i just can't get enough eletric shocks

Patrick Wolf has launched a Youtube channel; go here to visit Patrick Wolf TV. I am most impressed by this video:

Monday, November 10, 2008

it's a good one!

You can download a brand new track from The Pan I Am (Edward Larrikin's new project) over at

Thursday, November 06, 2008

anything could happen and it could be right now

Tour only releases are usually pretty special for those who could make it out to see the bands; otherwise they could be pretty annoying for fans of the bands that did not schedule nearby dates.

Los Campesinos!, No Age, and Times New Viking teamed up for a very limited 7” to celebrate the Shred Yr Face tour. I have been dying to hear Times New Viking's cover of The Clean and after weeks of searching for this 7”, I have finally got my hands on it! (This one is pretty much not available anywhere, that is why I am posting all three songs from the 7”)

Los Campesinos!: Death To Los Campesinos! [Napoleon III Remix]
No Age: Revolving Credit For Kitty
Times New Viking: Anything Could Happen (The Clean cover)

Conor Oberst is offering Gentlemen's Pact EP during his current tour.

Gentlemen's Pact
Synesthete Song

The Acorn/Ohbijou Split 12" is available at one of the bands’ remaining Canadian dates. The two bands covered each other’s song on the split and they both have a brand new song to showcase as well.

The Acorn: Burrows [wicked-cool song]
Darcy (The Acorn cover)
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

help me obi-wan kenobi, you are my only hope

I don’t know what channel you were watching the US election coverage on, but CNN utilized the coolest/most useless technologies I had ever seen on TV: hologram interviews... check out the hilarious videos below.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

self-promotion time

I started a new blog a few days ago. Its focus is on art/design and it acts as an extension to my portfolio.

Visit my new blog here if you are interested.